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Apprenticeship training course

Assistant recording technician (level 4)

Produce a high-quality recording.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Creative and design
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Assistant audio engineer
  • Assistant recording engineer
  • Mixing engineer
  • Recording assistant
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Establish editor, producer and client requirements. Determines hardware and software needed to achieve the sound specification.
  • Sets up the studio and equipment to meet sound brief. Takes into account acoustics to produce the best quality outputs tailored to the purpose. Positions microphones, sets up amps and sound levels.
  • Reviews the effectiveness of the setup and adjusts equipment to achieve the required specification and quality.
  • Evaluates information and makes recommendations, for different sound requirements. Supports stakeholders preparing for and during the live recording and maintains client relationships.
  • Sets up and assists with the operation of the mixing console. Balances and adjust sound sources using equalization and audio effects, mixing, reproduction, and reinforcement of sound.
  • Plans work in a methodical way to ensure the efficiency of the recording session and takes into account competing priorities.
  • Balance the differing needs required by clients and the priorities of the organisation/ studio.
  • Manage the security and format of different types of sound files.
  • Uses problem solving techniques to diagnose equipment faults/issues. Escalates faults/issues when they are outside the levels of their own responsibility.
  • Implements solutions to address equipment faults in a live environment to ensure the continuing running of the recording session. Considers cost and artist requirements when implementing the solution.
  • Produce records related to the set-up of the studio and particular equipment for future reference/ continuous improvement and to ensure repeatability.
  • Log when credits may be due to self or other individuals involved with the recording.
  • Synchronises audio with other mediums/ productions.
  • Restore work area and store equipment maintaining equipment integrity and to ensure the condition of the equipment is not compromised
  • Monitor the maintenance requirements of electrical equipment in line with company procedures. Consider the frequency of checks required, the inspection requirements and testing needed.
  • Complies with statutory and organisational health & safety regulations and policies.
  • Supports stakeholders preparing for and during the live recording and maintains client relationships.
  • Follow protocol to correctly label file names and archive the different mixes and multitrack recordings for easy retrieval.

Full information on Assistant recording technician (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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